Hands of the Future cultivates confidence, life skills, well-being, and a respect for the natural world in children of our community through exploratory play.

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Upcoming JNC (Junior Nature Club) Events


Welcome to Junior Nature Club!

Do you like playing outside?

Do you want to learn more about Nature?

The Art of Nature


Group 1 - Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten

June 26, 2018 (Tuesday)

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm (please note new time)

Group 2 - First and Second grades

June 26, 2018 (Tuesday)

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Group 3 - Third to Fifth Grades

July 10, 2018 (Tuesday)

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Group 4 - Sixth to Eighth Grades

July 17, 2018

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Lilly Nature Center at Celery Bog (view map), West Lafayette, Indiana
Boys AND Girls welcome – no membership fees!


Times and Dates for the rest of 2018.

  • The Art of Nature
  • 6/26, 7/10, 7/17 (We will skip the week of July 4th)

  • Environmental Energy - The Flow of things
  • 7/24, 7/31, 8/7

  • Hello! Can you Find Me?
  • 8/14, 8/21, 8/28

  • The Ants Go Marching On...
  • 9/11, 9/18, 9/25 (We will skip Labor Day week)

  • Fall Madness
    10/2, 10/9, 10/16

  • Give A Hoot!
  • 10/23, 10/30 (group C & D combined)

  • Food For All
  • 11/6, 11/13 (group C & D combined)

  • Let's Celebrate!
  • 11/27, 12/4 (Group C & D combined)

    Winter Break for us all!

    If we get snow during the winter break, make a snowman and send us a picture!

    And then it will be time for a new year!!!

    For parents with children 3 years old to second grade, use the first date listed.

    For parents with children in the 3rd to 5th grades, use the second date

    For parents with children in the 6th to 8th grades, please us the last date given.

    Thank you.

  • For more information, please contact: Ms. Zonda (Telephone: 765-366-9126), or visit the JNC website: www.juniornatureclub.org

    Experience a year of fun, learning and adventures about the world around us. Hands-on lessons, hikes (as weather permits), games, crafts and treats! Meetings are on Tuesdays or Thursday, every three weeks. We don't want to send any child away who wants to join.


    Dates for 2016/2017 School Year:

    Zonda says: I dare you!


    Sponsored by the Sycamore Audubon Society and Hands of the Future, Inc.


    We want to thank the Roy Whistler Foundation for their generous support to our programs this year!!!